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Australian PM Says International Travel Could Resume with New Zealand

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Air New Zealand planes sit parked on the tarmac as sheep graze in a nearby field at Christchurch Airport in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Australia’s prime minister says international travel could resume with New Zealand before Australians are allowed to fly interstate if state leaders refuse to reopen their borders.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he spoke to his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday about resuming regular travel between the near-neighbors and such discussions will continue.

Every Australian state except those worst-effected by the pandemic -- New South Wales and Victoria -- have closed their borders to slow the coronavirus spread. Morrison added that Australia’s international borders “aren’t opening up any time soon.”